The Missing Bananas (Link to Thai Version)
- by Wat Walayngkun (translated by John Hartmann)
My house is in a lane;... the name of the lane is "Banana Tree Lane."
Next door, there is a monkey;... the monkey likes to eat bananas.
The monkey lives in an orchard;... the orchard has no bananas.
Before sleeping each day,... I like to eat a banana.
I have money to spend;... I use it to buy bananas.
I bought a big bunch;... I hung it up so that later I could eat a banana.
In the morning, I go out to work;... I work in exchange for bananas.
I came back in the evening;... there were no bananas to be seen!
I felt dizzy from hunger;... hungry, I looked for the bananas.
I searched high and low for the bananas, and I saw a monkey;... the monkey was holding the bunch of bananas!
I was so mad at the monkey;... I kicked the monkey away and grabbed the bananas.
I was furious;... there were only banana peels left!
I now know the truth;... the monkey didn't eat the bananas.
Many of my neighbors;... saw a man steal the bananas.
He is a ditch-digger;... he doesn't like to eat bananas, though.
His little baby... eats rice mashed with bananas.
He is a poor person,... so poor that he had no bananas.
His baby was awfully hungry;... so he stole the bananas.
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